March 5, 2018
Take Action: Send this Letter to your member of Congress asking them to pass the GROW Act legislation which was recently introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Roe (R-TN) and Norcross (D-NJ). To find your congressman’s contact information, go here.
Issue Summary: SMACNA, and its members, have been at the forefront of the fight to get the GROW Act (H.R. 4997 ) passed for many years. As we continue to work on Composite Plans along with our labor-management coalition, we emphasize that our effort is to strengthen and preserve a currently unstable multiemployer retirement benefit system, an issue entirely different than failing plans. The GROW Act modernizes the pension options currently available to allow businesses and workers to grow their prosperity together. The GROW Act updates and strengthens the multiemployer system; strengthens retirement security for workers while protecting traditional multiemployer pension retirees; and fosters business growth and competitiveness by providing greater certainty and stability for employers. Read more about the GROW Act.
Potential Impact: Significant. The GROW Act provides our best opportunity to move Composite Plans, the last element of Solutions Not Bailouts, across the finish line.
February 28, 2018
Take Action: Send this Letter to the US Secretary of Labor Regarding Apprenticeship Expansion. To contact the Secretary via email, use email@example.com
Issue Summary: Last Fall the US Department of Labor (DOL) formed a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Of the 23 members on the task force, only three, including SMART General President Joseph Sellers, are from the construction industry.
The Task Force was charged with “identifying strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.” With the construction trades representing two-thirds of all registered apprentices it is obvious that construction is not a sector where apprenticeship programs are “insufficient.”
Based upon the tenor of the meetings to date there is concern that the Task Force may make recommendations that, if adopted, would weaken the construction industry’s already exemplary apprenticeship programs.
Potential Impact: Large. Apprenticeship program requirements could be watered down and become less stringent to attract more candidates. This could create confusion in the market place regarding the skill levels and definitions of various apprenticeships.
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